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Syracuse sinkhole snares garbage truck; city anticipates more road problems

It has been a record year for water main breaks in the city of Syracuse and another one Wednesday triggered a massive sinkhole on the city's West Side.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – It has been a record year for water main breaks in the city of Syracuse and another one Wednesday triggered a massive sinkhole on the city's west side.

Officials say the water-main break washed out the road underneath the pavement and the road caved under the weight of the Waste Management garbage truck. The 3-foot-deep hole swallowed the back tires of the truck.

Latoya Perry, who lives on Tully Street, heard it happening.

"A big boom - I thought my car got hit," she said. "I just got home 15 minutes before everything happened - and this is what we had," she said.

After a tow truck pulled the vehicle out, crews went to work repairing the pipe.

The city says the shift in weather – from extreme cold to milder temperatures – is creating infrastructural problems.

"A week ago today we were fighting a snow storm - it was cold and today it's 40 degrees and the shifting and heaving in our old infrastructure is causing these problems,” said Syracuse Common Councilor Bill Ryan.

Officials are concerned that as the weather becomes warmer, more pipes could burst and sinkholes could emerge.

The city has already spent three quarters of the money committed to fixing pipes and roads.

“It's not an if. We are going to run out and we're going to have to divert funds from other areas I suspect,” said Ryan.

The stretch of Tully Street between Wyoming and Tioga streets has been shut down for hours as crews continue to repair the pipe and road. The city says the job is expected to cost at least $20,000 to fix.

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